Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 is upon us. The whole country is in a happy and joyous mood as people indulge in the convivial Ganesha festivities. Ganesh Chaturthi celebration in Maharashtra is particularly famous all over India and the world. Mumbai is home to several amazing Ganesha pandals which attract a number of visitors and devotees who seeks Lord Ganeshas blessings. Pune too has its set of lavish Ganesha pandals which are surrounded by devotees during Ganesha Chaturthi. For the uninitiated, Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day festival (11 days this year) that reveres the Hindu God Ganesha, one of the most popular deities in the country. People celebrate this festival by either bringing home Ganesha idols and hosting guests who visit to seek blessings of the Ganesha, or by visiting famous Ganesha temples to ask for the lords blessings. One such popular Ganesha temple which is revered by devotees is the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesha mandir in Pune. It is one of Punes most famous attractions and a must-visit for every Hindu devotee. On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi 2017, here are 5 interesting facts about the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh temple in Pune. Also Read - 'We Are Scared': Huge Crowd at Pune's APMC Market Despite Massive Spike in Covid-19 Cases
The Shreemanth Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and has an idol which has been insured for $160000 (approximately Rs 10000000 or 1 crore) Also Read - Two Arrested in Pune Over Illegal Sale of Remdesivir Injections
The temple is named after a famous trader and sweet maker called Dagdusheth Gadve who had moved to Pune from Karnataka who built the temple in Pune for peace after losing his son to the plague. Dagdusheth Halwais sweet shop, which made him an extremely popular sweet maker in Pune, is still operational under the name of Kaka Halwai in Pune. ALSO SEE Images of Ganpati Utsav celebration across India to Get The Festival Started Also Read - Pune Cab Driver 'Gave Sedatives And Raped' Woman on Her Way Home; Booked
The Dagdusheth Halwai temple was built in 1893 and has been popular since. The temples simple yet alluring construction has been admired by many. It is built in a way that all the proceedings inside the temple can be seen from outside too.
One of the reasons why this temple is so popular and historic is it was here that Lokmanya Tilak thought of the idea of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. Bal Gangadhar Tilak was a good friend of Dagdusheth Halwai and his dedication towards Ganesha and this temple inspired Tilak to come up with the idea of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations which are now legendary. CHECK OUT Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 Celebration in These 5 Cities Can Give Mumbai a Run For its Money
The Dagdusheth Halwai temple trust is one of the richest trusts in Maharashtra and uses the donations for several kinds of charitable work. This includes an old age home which also has housing and educational facilities for underprivileged kids.
So, this Ganesh Chaturthi, take a trip to Pune and visit the esteemed Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesha temple to get a taste of the traditions and culture of this part of India.